Learning outcomes of general education courses with a service-learning component: A case for academic and student affairs collaboration in Hong Kong

Kwok Hung LAI, Hui Xuan XU

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Abstract

Among educators in higher education institutions, collaboration connotes relationships of somewhat greater intensity than does the word “cooperation,” and it generally implies a relationship among equals pursuing a goal of mutual interest or dened outcomes in student learning. To facilitate a seamless learning environment, the General Education Ofce (GEO) and the Student Affairs Ofce (SAO) of the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd) work collaboratively to launch pilot credit-bearing courses that incorporated a service-learning component in general education. This attempt tries to make service-learning a credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identied community needs and reect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of the course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. The aim of this chapter1 is to explore what students have experienced and reected on and the learning outcomes gained after being involved in service-learning, especially in terms of their generic skills competency and knowledge integration abilities, through the use of documentary analysis and quantitative survey. In addition, focus interviews and observations are used to evaluate how students perceive their own learning and provide further feedback on how such courses should be conducted. The implications on how a servicelearning component can be integrated into academic learning and the building of collaborative relationships between academic faculty and student affairs are discussed. Copyright © 2013 Xing Jun, Ng Pak-sheung and Cheng Chunyan.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeneral education and the development of global citizenship in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China: not merely icing on the cake
EditorsJun XING, Pak-Sheung NG, Chloe CHENG
Place of PublicationAbingdon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages188-217
ISBN (Electronic)9781136183294
ISBN (Print)9780415623971
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Citation

Lai, K. H., & Xu, H. X. (2013). Learning outcomes of general education courses with a service-learning component: A case for academic and student affairs collaboration in Hong Kong. In J. Xing, P.-s. Ng, C. Cheng (Eds.), General education and the development of global citizenship in Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China: not merely icing on the cake (pp. 188-217). Abingdon: Routledge.

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